About Leonardo da Vinci – Pocket Notebook Mona Lisa (c. 1503)
This beautiful Fridolin pocket notebook features the Italian High-Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci’s work “Portrait of Lisa Gherardini” known as the “Mona Lisa”. Currently, on display at the Louvre Museum, Leonardo’s Mona Lisa is the world’s most famous portrait and one of the History of Art’s most popular works, identified by the art historian Giorgio Vasari as Lisa di Antonio Maria Gherardini, wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo. The uniqueness of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa resides in the lack of jewelry or lavish attributes that would identify the sitter as an aristocratic woman. Although Renaissance etiquette dictated women must never look directly into a man’s eye, Leonardo masterfully empowers the sitter with a self-assuring gaze immediately directed at the viewer. The Mona Lisa is represented sitting at a logia, in front of a mysterious uninhabited landscape through which the viewer evidences Leonardo’s fascination with atmospheric perspective and his traditional use of sfumato which influenced artists for generations after him. This hardcover pocket notebook includes 128 blank pages, an elastic bookmark, and an inside pocket; perfect to carry and write incoming ideas. More details on Leonardo da Vinci – Pocket Notebook Mona Lisa (c. 1503):
- Dimensions: 5.3″ x 3.7″ x 0.6″ inches
- Weight: 0.19 lbs
- Features: Hardcover, 128 blank pages.
- Artwork: Da Vinci, Leonardo. Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, known as “Mona Lisa”. 1503. Oil on wood. 77 x 53 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris.
- Additional Features: Includes inside pocket and elastic bookmark.
About Leonardo da Vinci
Born in the small town of Vinci, near Florence, Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) trained in the studio of Andrea del Verrocchio. The quintessential “Renaissance man,” Leonardo possessed unequaled talent and imagination. Art was but one of his innumerable interests, the scope, and depth of which were without precedent. His unquenchable curiosity is evident in the voluminous notes he interspersed with sketches in his notebooks dealing with botany, geology, geography, cartography, zoology, military engineering, animal lore, anatomy, and aspects of physical science, including hydraulics and mechanics. Leonardo stated repeatedly that his scientific investigations made him a better painter, and indeed this was the case. Leonardo’s studies in optics provided him with a deeper understanding of perspective, light, and color. As a true artist-scientist, most of his drawings are also regarded as artworks, among which is the notorious study of the human proportions, in his drawing The Vitruvian Man.